Anthony Zeoli is a Partner in the Corporate Practice Group and concentrates his practice in the areas of banking and commercial finance, securities, real estate, and general corporate law.

Anthony’s commercial finance practice includes the representation of borrowers and lenders in: secured and unsecured lending transactions; corporate reorganizations and restructuring; syndicated commercial financing transactions; and loan workouts. Anthony also has a vibrant securities and general corporate practice including initial and subsequent private debt and equity offerings; mergers and acquisitions; company formation and governance; and general contract drafting and negotiation.  

Anthony has particular expertise in the negotiation and documentation of real estate transactions involving the acquisition, sale, construction, development, leasing and/or financing of real estate and has represented parties on both sides of such transactions. He is also an industry leader in the area of crowdfunding, in particular with respect to real estate crowdfunding, peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, and Regulation A+ offerings. He has most recently drafted a bill to allow for an intrastate crowdfunding exemption in Illinois which was unanimously passed by the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate.

REPRESENTATIVE TRANSACTIONS

Securities/Crowdfunding

  • Represented multiple privately held companies in the documentation of Regulation D offerings (under Rules 504 and 505) of privately held securities; including the drafting of prospectuses, offering memoranda and Form D, and other required Federal/State disclosures.
  • Prepared prospectuses, offering memoranda, SEC disclosures, and related materials in connection with the private offering of securities by both emerging and established entities.
  • Represented crowdfunding internet portal owners in connection with the structuring of crowdfunding websites and the drafting of required Federal/State and other disclosures in connection therewith.
  • Represented multiple issuers in connection with the offering of securities through crowdfunding internet portals and the drafting of required Federal/State and other disclosures in connection therewith.
  • Drafted Illinois Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemption (HB 3429) which was passed unanimously in the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate.
  • Working with new and existing clients in connection with potential offerings under the newly revised Regulation A (i.e. “Regulation A+”).    

Real Estate:

  • Representation of various sellers and purchasers in connection with the purchase/sale of properties (ranging in aggregate value up to $100 MM) throughout the country; including the negotiation and drafting of purchase/sale agreements and the review of related title commitments/ALTA surveys and all underlying documents.
  • Representation of various landlords and tenants in lease/sublease of commercial properties; including the negotiation and drafting of gross/percentage/net (single, double and triple) lease agreements, sublease agreements and amendments and extensions to existing lease/sublease agreements.
  • Represented purchaser in connection with the negotiation and documentation of a $97 MM acquisition and transfer of five parcels of real estate ranging across three states.  
  • Drafted documents and required filings on behalf of property owners in connection with real estate tax exemption and tax pin repartition applications.

Commercial Lending:

  • Representation of various bank clients in the extension of both asset and mortgage based middle market ($3 - $100 MM) term/revolving/construction credit facilities; including the negotiation and drafting of loan agreements, mortgages, security agreements, promissory notes and intercreditor agreements. Representative bank clients include Cole Taylor Bank, First Merit, Capitol One, The PrivateBank, Fifth Third Bank, and Bridgeview Bank.
  • Represented lead lender in connection with the negotiation and documentation of a $32 MM syndicated loan made to a multi-borrower group and secured by multiple parcels of real estate located in several states and a collateral assignment of stock in a banking corporation.
  • Represented lead lender in connection with the negotiation and documentation of $180 MM syndicated secured financing made to a 65-member borrower group. 

M&A/Business Transactions:

  • Representation of multiple purchasers/private equity funds in connection with the negotiation and documentation of middle market ($50 - $200 MM) acquisitions and buyout transactions, including negotiating transaction/payout terms, drafting transactions documentation, and analyzing capitalization issues.  
  • Representation of various privately held companies with respect to negotiating, structuring and documenting corporate formation, reorganization, corporate governance, contract negotiation and preparation, and general corporate matters.
  • Represented privately held companies in connection with the negotiation and documentation of merger/acquisition/divestiture transactions (ranging in aggregate value from $1 to $75 MM).
  • Represented purchaser in connection with the acquisition of a $75 MM secured acquisition financing made to a San Francisco-based private equity fund.

Workouts:

  • Chaired the negotiation and documentation of multiple deed in lieu and forbearance transactions for various middle market bank clients.
  • Representation of various purchasing entities in connection with the acquisition and transfer of certain real estate secured loan portfolios/promissory notes. 
  • Represented loan portfolio acquirer in negotiating and documents a multi-loan restructure and related deed in lieu in escrow transactions.
Honors & Awards: 
  • Member of MENSA
  • Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Stars - 2015
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers - Emerging Lawyers - 2017 
Professional Activities: 
  • Board Member, Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA)
  • Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Business Alumni Association Board of Directors, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • West Town Chamber of Commerce
  • Wicker Park/Bucktown Chamber of Commerce
  • Young Real Estate Professionals
Speaking Engagements: 
  • Moderator, "Invest in Midwest: The Future of Investment," Bisnow's Big Midwest Office Event (June 2017).

Education

M.B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, summa cum laude
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, cum laude
B.S., State University of New York at Albany, summa cum laude

State Bar Admissions

  • Illinois